New Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin spoke to the media for the first time at home since being promoted in the wake of Chris Grant’s firing. While admitting that the Cavaliers lost their mojo somewhere, Griffin said that wouldn’t have gotten this job any other way. Griffin (who also is Grant’s neighbor) said this via The News-Herald:
Griffin, 44, said he doesn’t feel like he has to make a trade at the Feb. 20 deadline.
“I want to do that which puts us in the best position to be successful,” he said. “We’ll analyze every opportunity and we’ll look for every opportunity that does that for us.”
When asked if the Cavs were going to be buyers or sellers, it was clear cut.
“I don’t see how you get better and win more games selling,” Griffin said. “We’re going to buy to the extent that it makes us better for the long haul. I don’t think we’re going to do anything that’s an act of desperation. I think we’re going to be willing to buy the right asset at the right price. We are dedicated 100 percent from top to bottom to getting better and that’s what we’re going to do.”
This is interesting (and pretty standard GM talk), considering that the Cavaliers are well out of the playoff picture, sources are indicating that Luol Deng has already decided to leave this summer and there have been numerous instances of dysfunction in the Cavaliers locker room this season. Still, one has to wonder if Griffin will attempt to make some kind of deal as he auditions for the full-time GM gig.
If the Cavaliers don’t sell, this means that the immediate futures of Anderson Varejao, Luol Deng and Dion Waiters will likely take place on the shores of Lake Erie. Waiters, who has been the subject of many trade scenarios, would seem to be the most likely to be traded, even if it is just because he and Irving aren’t the best of friends. But then Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio tweeted this last night:
#Cavs‘ Kyrie Irving on Dion Waiters: “Having one of your good friends out there, we can play off one another. He’s got so much talent.”
— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) February 10, 2014
Stay tuned to Right Down Euclid as the Feb. 20 deadline approaches and found out if the Cavaliers make a move, one way or the other.